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Lower School


A Nansemond-Suffolk Academy education begins in the Lower School. From Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, students are nurtured and challenged in a home, a school and a community like no other. The early years in school are critical to establishing a strong foundation on which further learning subsequently can be built. Every child in Lower School is seen as a unique learner with strengths and areas for growth. Each child is engaged daily to find joy and excitement in the quest for knowledge.

Nurtured in body, mind and spirit, Lower School students spend their days in a caring community with adults who know each child as an individual. While academic preparation is critical, equally important is a child’s preparation for the years ahead. Students learn early the meaning of “honor” and respect for self and others. Students are encouraged to be compassionate not only day in and day out in school but also through participation in a variety of community service projects throughout the year. NSA fosters an appreciation in students for the strengths and talents as well as the differences in peers. Relationships are important at NSA among the students and between teachers and students. Lower School students form strong bonds with the entire Lower School staff. There are frequent opportunities for students in Lower School to interact with Middle School and Upper School students in learning activities and activities that are fun and community-building.

Learning in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade is structured to be academically rigorous yet developmentally appropriate to maximize each child’s potential. The Lower School curriculum provides balanced instruction in the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, social studies and science infused and supported by technology as appropriate. In addition, students have weekly exposure to Spanish, physical education, library skills, art and music.

The Lower School engages in ongoing reflection and accepts the challenge to remain current in best educational practices. We take very seriously our responsibility to partner with parents in preparing our students for lives as compassionate and creative individuals who are masters at communicating, problem-solving and working collaboratively in our fast-paced world.

meet the staff

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Alexandra Bartlett

    Alexandra Bartlett 

    Head of Lower School, Main Campus
  • Photo of Carol Johnson

    Carol Johnson 

    Lower School Counselor
    757.539.8789 ext. 3313
  • Photo of Kimberly Brinkley

    Kimberly Brinkley 

    Main Campus Lower School Office Manager
    (757) 539-8789 ext. 3323
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory private school located in Suffolk, VA. Pre-kindergarten - Grade 12.